Lonna Evans

Lonna P Evans (Parker)

Tuesday, May 6th, 1919 - Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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Lonna Evans passed away on April 16, 2019 at the Monte Vista Estates nursing facility at the age of 99. Lonna was born on May 6, 1919 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Laurita Perez Parker and Wilfred C. Parker. In high school in Milwaukee Lonna was an avid cellist. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1941 with a B.A. in music. Lonna met Jacob A Evans, who also studied music at the University of Michigan, and they married on December 5, 1942. After World War II Lonna mostly lived in the New York City area, where she raised six children (born between 1944 and 1962). She was active in chamber music and co-founded the Chappaqua Orchestra in 1958. In 1962 the family moved to Glenview, IL. Lonna took courses to obtain a teaching certificate and taught string instruments in the Deerfield Public Schools. In 1976 Lonna and Jacob moved to Los Alamos, NM, where she became active in the music scene there, playing cello in the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra and with friends in weekly quartets. She was a real estate agent from 1979 until 1989. Lonna was active in the Los Alamos community, volunteering at the Sombrillo nursing facility and for other organizations. In 2009 she moved to Casa Illuminaria in Del Norte to be near her youngest son.

Lonna is survived by her children Carol Evans of Chicago, Jackie Gause of Seattle, Steve (Michelle) Evans of Centenial CO, Dottie (Gary Weis) Evans-Weis of Salem MO, and Frank Evans (Susanna Gross) of Del Norte CO. She is also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Lonna was preceded in death by her parents Laurita and Wilfred Parker, her brothers Frank Parker and Wilfred P Parker, and her daughter Ginger Evans (who died in childhood).

Cremation was chosen and entrusted to Rogers Family Mortuary of Monte Vista with a private family service to be held at a later date. If you would like to leave online condolences or tributes for the family please visit Lonna’s obituary at
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Joanna Parker

Posted at 05:50pm
Aunt Lonna and I shared an interest in our Peruvian family history which I later discovered. I was living in Lima for a short while in 1989 as my research job was being formulated, and a Peruvian friend helped me track down the ancestral home, which is a fascinating story in itself. We frequented the restaurant (Las Trece Monedas) a few times--the first two times before I realized it was originally our family home! Well, your Aunt Lonna got wind of this and wanted to see it for herself. Intrepid is an apt descriptive for her, I feel. I was always struck by how much I looked like her, and we probably had some personality traits in common, too. I wish we had lived closer, but then I wasn't spending much time in the U.S. I really enjoyed sharing with her. She was curious and enthusiastic and will be missed by many.

Lonna Parker

Posted at 08:38pm
My sisters and I didn't grow up with the Parkers, but as adults we learned of our family history, like coming into a treasure trove of unusual sagas, stories of interesting people, of foreign lands, of intelligence, of humor, and heart. Some of the Parker history came from our mother, most of what we came to know was from conversations and visits with our Aunt Lonna and our Uncle "Cookie".

Lonna Parker Evans was an informed, an intelligent, and a caring person. She had a natural curiosity and love of life. I could hear about her love of music and nature in every conversation, but most of all, her love for her children . Aunt Lonna exuded energy and good heartedness, and the love of the Parker family that she came from. I hope that she is at peace and that she is with her loving family now.

From our hearts to you all,
Connie, Lonna, and Joanna

Susanna Gross

Posted at 05:35pm
Whenever I cook, I think of Lonna. She taught me that when you add too much salt to something, a little sugar can cancel it out.

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